In those days we had players like Sir Elton John and Delia Smith who were involved with Watford and Norwich City respectively and it looks like the celebrity relationship with English football continues to this day.
Things are a bit different now, however, with Wrexham taking on the Hollywood role, now owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, which has been remarkably successful so far. And now the famous rapper Stormzy is starring alongside the football scene Wilfried Zaha.
What’s new with Wilfried Zaha?
It looks like Zaha will soon be saying goodbye to Crystal Palace after eight years at the club end of this month unless he signs a new contract.
With Paris Saint-Germain reportedly interested, the 30-year-old could stay in Europe and become a surprise successor Lionel Messi.
A move to France would finally see Zaha get his big move and trophies which could come after playing a key role in keeping Palace afloat in the Premier League for several years.
Who are Croydon Athletic?
The former Crystal Palace winger released a statement confirming the purchase of the club, which you can see below:
according to Guardian, a source close to Zaha said they wanted to “do what’s right for the local community.” And he added: “Stormzy is like a little brother to Wilf and he’s a huge football fan. He is very excited to join this project.”
Zaha and Stormzy’s new club Currently they sit in the Combined Counties Football League Premier South Division where they finished 15th last season to avoid relegation.
They are in the fifth step out of the league, which means they are five promotions away from becoming a professional football club in League Two. So while the EFL dreams may be a long way off, the investment made by Zaha, Stormzy and Young in the club will undoubtedly improve things on and off the pitch.
The first objective will be to stay in fifth place and what would be a catastrophic relegation. Then attention can turn to starting the climb through the divisions.
If their property is like what happened to Wrexham under Reynolds and McElhenneyit is in the coming years that fans of Croydon Atheltic can look forward to a real treat, which can be filled with trophies and promotions to the highest leagues.